Dance & Movement
Duration: 55 minutes
Cost: $90 / Pro & VIP: $75
Dance with Shannon
I use dance and a variety of movement practices to enhance the actors’ journey of self-discovery, physical confidence and character development. I enjoy bringing my experience as a professional performing artist and a fitness pro together to create safe and engaging physical practices. My philosophy in both is that freedom of expression should be joyful and full, free and uninhibited. I believe that everyone has a unique physical voice and the ability to create a strong, resilient body available for whatever comes your way!
Movement Practices include exploring somatic connection and dynamic alignment to allow for greater access to and freedom to express impulse. This is an essential foundational element for creating a deeper, richer physical life for your characters. Physical health for the performing artist practices include a variety of methods (based on your interests and needs) aimed at developing stamina and injury prevention. As a lifelong dancer, I teach Jazz, Ballet/Barre, and Musical Theatre both teaching introductory skills that all performers should have. I also use dance to develop skills of non-verbal storytelling and choice-making based on given circumstances. As a lover of all things Shakespeare, I explore the text through embodied speech and physical exploration.
About Shannon Stowe:
Shannon has her MFA in Acting (New School), MA in Theatre (San Francisco State University) and BA in Theatre and Psychology (Westmont College). She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer with specialties in functional fitness, youth fitness, and sports nutrition and is a certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach (AFPA). She created and developed the curriculum for the Dance for Actors for the MFA program at The New School and for the Whole Human Artist core curriculum for BFA students across the College of Performing Arts. She remains an active performer in NYC (proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA).
With fellow actors and movers, she founded New Dance Theatre and received several nominations from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for their most recent production. Her approach with New Dance Theatre is to use the actor’s creative, physical impulse as the key elements in creating choreography, allowing each performer’s unique physical voice to be “heard.” Before coming to New York, Shannon spent many years teaching and directing youth theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Los Altos Youth Theatre among others. Learn more about Shannon’s professional theatre career at www.shannonstowe.com and wellness services at www.triplesweatfit.com.
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